In the container of improv, anything can happen. Such are the very bones and basis of improvised comedy: it is made up entirely on the spot. Never before has this show been performed, never again shall it be revisited. The epitome of you-had-to-be-there experience, even the performers are unaware of what is about to occur between them when they step out on stage.
The class exercise goes something like this:
We all stand in different areas of the room, with our faces to the wall. The topic is five major feelings: joy/happiness, passion/desire, anger, sadness, and fear. With one emotion at a time, we are asked to express our feeling, in hand gestures, words and their content, tone and volume of voice, expressive body language, facial expressions.
Raye Maddox here, Intern Manager, with the next highly anticipated episode of season 2 of Intern of the Weeks! Throughout this season, I am going to be interviewing a whole slew of wonderful folks who volunteer their time to keep our local Comedy House up and running! Every week House Managers nominate an Intern of the Week, which nets each intern a $20 bar tab, four show tickets, and THIS BLOG FEATURE. This episode we are going to dive deep into the minds of Emma Arett and Doré Madere!
Like I've said for the past few weeks, eating a meal together is one of the most pervasive, socially-accepted ways to commune as a people in any culture. While we all spend time feeding the body, there's a lot that conversation can do to help feed the soul. To that end, I've always made it my mission to sample as many of the restaurants in Deep Ellum with as many of my friends as I can muster every Tuesday night.
Twisted Root opened in Deep Ellum back in 2006, and has been a fixture of the neighborhood since then, and a common haunt for many of the long-time Dallas Comedy House alumni since its days as a neighbor on Commerce Street.
Sometimes, I dislike people.
I am not defending or proud of this fact; I am simply confessing. Some people have a quality or affect, a sense of humor, a way of being that grates on my nerves, ruffles my feathers, even makes me feel uncomfortable or annoyed. Especially, if I disagree with something they have done or said. Especially if they are causing damage to someone else.
In improv when I struggle to like someone, I notice I bring that energy on stage with me. I do not support them very well. I become closed off to their ideas and contributions. I am not a great scene partner.
I think eating is one of our most culturally social activities, and I think sharing a meal with friends is one of the best ways to shed off the stress of the work day and let your hair down (if you have some) for more fun fare. To that end, I've made it a personal mission to sample as many of the great eateries of Deep Ellum with as many friends as I can muster.
Chance are, if you've lived in Dallas for any amount of time, you have heard of Cafe Brazil. If, by some miracle of chance, you have not heard of it, Cafe Brazil is a local chain of coffee shop diners with a diverse menu and a uniquely community-focused feel.